It’s hard to imagine not wanting to watch racing, but the sport that so many car fans around the world adore has one simple flaw. It’s not on constantly. Sure, you could open up YouTube and spend your days watching highlights and old races, but that lacks the gripping rush of a live race. This leaves you with a dilemma – finding an alternative sport to watch to take up spare time, without compromising on the pleasure you gain. Here are ones that you’d be mad not to try.
Before you immediately stop reading, hear esports out! What’s do esports and racing have in common? Well, you can watch racing on both of them. Esports is a very real sport nowadays, and with the advent of high-quality racing games on the market, if you weren’t wearing your glasses, you could very much think you were watching a real race. The only difference is that you can watch these pretty much whenever you want as there are thousands of streamers out there. You just need to find yourself one that has a similar taste in cars to you, and you’ve found somebody to support. If you’re still looking for the same racing thrill, a fluttering glance at esports betting odds might help to tickle your fancy. It’s a little trickier to find esports racing to bet on, but there are several games, like Dota and Starcraft, that have massive betting communities. In fact, Starcraft has had the same amount of fatalities since 2000 as Formula One World Championships – one unfortunate South Korean gamer.
Another big betting game, you don’t have to be a gambler to enjoy horse racing. It might be a bit slow for F1 fans as all the vehicles in this sport will only have a maximum of 14.9 horsepower (not just one as you might have thought). Horse racing is one of the most popular sports in the world, and the Grand National or Kentucky Derby are watched by millions of people across the world. There are many different types of horse racing: flat racing, jump racing, steeplechasing, endurance riding, quarter horse racing, and harness racing. Learning about each type can become a great obsession, as horse racing has its own terminologies, as well as racehorse breeds that might be involved. Many bet types are also available to choose from.
Greyhound racing involves racing these sleek, beautiful dogs around a track chasing an artificial lure. Like with horse racing, it can be a big betting game, but in many countries, it is purely for enjoyment instead of betting. You need to be careful when getting into the commercial racing industry in Australia, Ireland, Macau, Mexico, Spain, the UK, and the USA, however, as there are many welfare issues that have been raised by animal rights groups. Greyhound racing creates a significant oversupply of greyhounds, 40% of which will never race, and many will be euthanized even though they’re healthy and rehomable. Those supporting greyhound racing might want to stick to amateur instead of commercial sport.